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Fast Track or Failure: A Study of the Completion Rates of Graduate Students in Economics

Jan van Ours () and Geert Ridder ()

No 107, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Abstract: This paper presents an analysis of the failure and completion rates of graduate students in economics at three universities in The Netherlands. We find that an indicator of the research productivity of the supervisor is an important determinant of the completion and dropout rates. However, this effect seems due to the fact that supervisors with a good research record attract and select better students. There is no evidence of an independent effect of having a supervisor who is an active researcher.

Keywords: graduate program; education; Duration analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C41 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2000-01
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Published as 'Fast track or failure: a study of the graduation and dropout rates of Ph D students in economics' in: Economics of Education Review, 2003, 22 (2), 157-166 (see IZA Reprints 167/03 )

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